Last Night’s EIA Winners Announced

ROCKY HILL, CT (February 21, 2020) — Last night at the Greenberg Conference Center on the campus of Yale University, CTNext held its winter Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA) pitching competition. Four winning companies were selected to win $10,000 grants; two grants of $2,000 each were also awarded for Judges’ Favorite and Crowd Favorite. The grants recognize startup and early-stage companies with a clear business acumen, and that demonstrate  a specific problem that the $10,000 can help them solve.

Winners of the $10,000 EIA grants included Encapsulate (Storrs/Farmington), creators of an automated system capable of growing patient-derived microtumors outside the body to screen them against a variety of chemotherapeutic drugs; Floe (New Haven), an early-stage cleantech startup developing an automated, environmentally friendly solution to prevent the formation of ice dams in the winter; Lucca Ventures (Southington), developer of a microphone/speaker adapter enabling voice communications and apps access for users of full-face oxygen masks; and Obsidian Advanced Manufacturing (New Haven), which prints miniature sensors, electromagnetic structures and radio frequency devices.

Floe also won the $2,000 Judges’ Favorite award, and Lucca Ventures the $2,000 Crowd Favorite.

For more information about the Entrepreneur Innovation Awards, visit

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